Social Skills Classes
We are proud to offer social skills classes for adolescents and adults that are open to the public. Classes include instruction of specific social skills that will help members learn how to make and keep friendships. Instruction methods include role-play scenarios, group activities and modeling of techniques by course instructor. In addition to course instruction, there will be two 90min socialization events at the practice where members will have the opportunity to practice skills learned in class and interact with each other by participating in fun activities.
- 6-week commitment
- 1:1 lesson required
- 6-60 Minute sessions
- 2-90 Min. Socialization events
- Course material included
- Learn to make and keep friends
- Role-Play: This approach helps students distinguish between appropriate
interaction and inappropriate interaction.
- Modeling: The course instructor demonstrates how students can communicate
appropriately in a variety of different social settings (e.g. job, parties, school).
- Direct Instruction: The course instructor teaches students communication skills
that will improve their ability to interact with peers.
- Socialization Events: The course instructor will facilitate social events at the
practice so that members can interact with each other and participate in fun
activities that will encourage social interaction and help foster friendships.
- Healthy communication skills
- Stages of healthy relationships
- Rules of trading information
- Whole body listening
- Identifying and communicating emotions
- Starting individual/group conversations
- Social media safety
- Having a successful conversation
- Dating etiquette (adult class only)
Time: Saturdays 5pm-6pm
Age: 12-17 (Cohorts arranged based on age and maturity level)
Age: 18 up
The Social Dungeon Masters Class
The social dungeon masters class invites students on an epic adventure where they will encounter social dilemmas in an improvised storyline provided by the Dungeon Master/Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Frank Guastella. Students will create their own character/persona and work cooperatively with other students to embark on a journey of social quests. Students take on a role of adventurer/social learner testing their insight, knowledge, and intuition against an array of social challenges provided by the dungeon master.
What is Dungeons and Dragons?
Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop roleplaying game where players work cooperatively to complete grand quests. Players do not win or lose at D&D; they embark on adventures that are fun and memorable. No adventure or quest is complete without challenges. Challenges in the improvised storyline represent the challenges we face in the real world. When players in D & D fail, they face consequences and when they succeed, they are rewarded.
How do students learn social skills while playing Dungeons and Dragons?
Introducing social skills into a D & D storyline disguises them so students don’t feel embarrassed or pressured by explicit instruction on their social challenges. The D & D format to social education is a person-centered approach to learning social skills that intrigues students’ creativity. Their focus is on the game and having fun with other students who have similar interests, instead of it being personal defects. Therefore, the social education is incorporated into the excitement and enjoyment students experience from gameplay.
The Dungeon Master (Frank Guastella, LCSW) creates a storyline that presents students with a social quandary. Students work cooperatively to interpret the problem and decide how they are going to act. The DM observes students’ decisions and imposes consequences when they take erroneous actions and rewards them when they take remedial actions. The DM then provides corrective feedback and instruction by making suggestions on how they can accomplish their quest. Social lessons are incorporated into the corrective feedback administered to students throughout the class.
The structure of the storyline presents these consequences in a manner that is less punitive and more thought-provoking. Students working together to solve social dilemmas in a fictitious storyline fosters empathy, problem-solving, and self-awareness.
How do I sign up for a class?
The social dungeon masters class is open to the public and involves participation in one introductory lesson with Frank Guastella and six 60 min class. The introductory lesson is 45 min and costs $100. Students must commit to attending all six classes and pay an additional $450 to reserve their seat in the class.
Please contact LIBH today to learn more about this program. You can call us direct or use the contact form to the right to send us a message with your group of interest.